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Andrew Bird - Noble Beast CD Review

The True Measure of today's music may not be whether you go out and buy the CD or not. People really don't buy CD's anymore right?

That age seems to have past us by. Today's music doesn't have a "shelf-life" but an IPOD Life.
Recently we have weeded through the 10,000 CD's or so at the DI and trimmed down to a neat 1,000. We are a slimmer, better DI as a result. These are the LP's that will stand our test of time. They are the Go-to CD's. The LP's that are played over and over. The LP's that others borrow and hold onto them for a long time because parting with them means parting with a part of them now.

In today's IPOD life it is the equivalent of downloarded the ENTIRE LP. Not just the single, or the 2 or 3 others songs that you listened to for 30 seconds - the entire LP.

Andrew Bird's 'Noble Beast' is the rare LP that will get filed on our shelves and the entire LP downloaded to our I Library.

When I listened to this CD for the first time, I could not decide whether to give this our new "Review in 50 words or less" or drone on song by song about the invidual stylings comparing it to other works of genius.

As I write I am still left somewhere between. Reviews that are wordy become self indulgent and take the focus of the record. i do not want my words to become the focus, but the music that is contained within the 14 songs.

Bird is one of the most diverse musicians on our scope today. On 'Noble Beasts' he is only credited with playing 4 instruments, while whispers around the scene credit him to playing up to 10 or more at various points on the LP.

the LP starts with the Swirling beauty of "Oh No". A good mid-tempo opener that will have you transported to around 1973 a reminiscent of Chris Bell, Nick Drake and Big Star. It is gorgeous.

The LP remains consistent throughout being "Not A Robot, But A Ghost". The song features every possible instrument you can use and still make a decent record. At times sounding like a children's opera and others a brooding psychedelic dream. The song structure changes 4 or 5 times and somehow it all makes sense. It was weird, but I felt compelled to turn off the lights and just listen to the sophisticated loveliness that was contained within.

There are 11 songs and 3 instrumentals on this LP. I would run out of words describing the gentleness of this record. I had listened to Bird's previous efforts, but never as intently as this record made me.

This record will be filed on our shelves and downloaded in full on our IPODS. do yourself a favor and purchase this LP.

9 Stars Out of 10
DIKS

 
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